26 Jun '11, 12pm

Taiwan upgrades fighter jets

Taiwan upgrades fighter jets

Taiwan will this week receive its first batch of a fleet of Indigenous Defensive Fighters upgraded as part as part of a $587 million (S$727 million) project to beef up air defences, officials said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AP TAIPEI - TAIWAN will this week receive its first batch of a fleet of Indigenous Defensive Fighters upgraded as part as part of a $587 million (S$727 million) project to beef up air defences, officials said on Sunday. An unspecified number of the domestically-manufactured jets are scheduled to be delivered in central Taichung city on Thursday, an air force spokesman said. The defence ministry is upgrading 71 IDFs, or nearly half of the fleet based in the southern Tainan air base, as part of a four-year project which began in 2009. 'The rest of IDFs may or may not be upgraded, contingent upon our future budget,' the spokesman said. The retro-fitted jet will ...

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